Chicago Seminars Registration is Now Open!

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The registration link for the Chicago Seminars is now up and running!  If you are new to the miles and points seminars, they are a great way to get some first-hand information about earning and redeeming miles and points.  Not only can you learn from the speakers, but the others attendees are also often a wealth of information.

The Frequent Traveler University that will be held in April in New Jersey has been open for registration for a week or two, but as of this morning the Chicago Seminars are now also open for registration!  While the Chicago Seminars aren’t until October 12 – 14th, some of the more popular sessions are likely to fill-up well in advance, so don’t delay too long if there are specific sessions you hope to attend.

Here is the agenda (subject to change):


6:30-7:20 PM Rookie Bootcamp: with Dave Homyak
7:30-8:30 Delta SkyPesos to Delta Gold: with John Nielsen OR Travel Technology with Cliff Stratton


7:00-8:15 Breakfast
Beginner: FF 101 Pudding Guy and Credit Cards for Newbies with Rick Ingersoll OR
Advanced: Itasoftware and Expert Flyer with Cara Kreft and Chris Lopitino

10-10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:30 to Noon
Beginner: US Airways Grand Slam with Mommy Points and Elite Status- Challenges and Fast-tracks with BikeGuy/Pudding Guy OR
Advanced: Captain Denny Flanagan Author

Noon to 1 PM Lunch

1-2:45 PM
Beginners: Mileage Runs with Ben Schalippig (aka Lucky from One Mile at a Time) OR
Advanced: Transfers and Bonus Category Credit Cards with Brian Kelly (aka The Points Guy)

2:45 -3PM Coffee Break

Beginners: Award Booking with Ben Schlappig
Advanced: Moderated Airline Breakout Sessions with Geoffco (top tier status all 3 alliances)

5-6PM Meet the Speakers: Cash Bar/Hotel Lobby

6-???? Advanced: Q and A Mileage Runs and Award Booking with Ben Schalippig and Brian Kelly OR
The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson (aka MJ on Travel)


7:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:00 AM Sponsors Workshop

10-10:15 AM Coffee Break

Beginner: Belkin (Beaubo) as a Beginner
Advanced: Hotel Breakout Session

Noon to 1:00PM Lunch

Beginner: Gift Card Churning with Frequent Miler and Shopping Mall Bonanzas with Hans Golden
Advanced: Blogger Questions and Answers

3:00-4:00PM Randy Petersen State of the Industry

While I am presenting this year, I attended last year as an attendee and really enjoyed the Seminars.  You can find my review of last year’s Seminar here.  There is always more to learn in the ever-changing miles and points world.  I think moving toward an Advanced and Beginner track is a good move as there are attendees of all different miles and points levels.  Don’t hesitate to attend these Seminars if you are new to miles and points collecting – in fact, you may get the very most out of it!

The Chicago Seminars are $85 and that includes the sessions, lunches, and coffee breaks.  The host hotel has reportedly already sold-out, but you can still book a room at the over-flow hotel that does have a shuttle to the host hotel.  You can get more information about the hotels and other related information on Flyertalk or Milepoint.  I hope to see you at the Frequent Traveler University in April and/or the Chicago Seminars in October!

If you have attended in the past, please share your experiences.  If you are considering going this year, feel free to ask questions and we’ll do the best to get you some answers.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up! During registration, it asks about preferred airlines, hotels, and alliances. These fields are required. In your experience, what are they used for? Am I more likely to get a perk from an airline/hotel at the conference if I select them as my preferred, or maybe I should just leave it set to None and maybe they’ll compete for my business. 😉

  2. Thanks for the info! I just read through your summary of last years seminars and really appreciated your insight! I am new to the miles and points world but have jumped in with gusto…naturally I’m a beginner enthusiast. I am signed up for frequent travelor university already since it is a little more accessible for me. Should I consider going to the Chicago seminars as well? Between the two of them will I be overwhelmed with duplicative information?

  3. @Chase, I don’t know for sure – I think it is more to give the organizers a sense of who is in attendance. There was no airline or hotel related swag last year, so I don’t think there are any perks that come from choosing one over another. Look forward to seeing you there!

    @Mrock, congrats for jumping in with both feet! While there are some presenters that will be the same at both the FTU and the Chicago Seminars, there are also several that will be different. Additionally, those who are at both likely won’t be giving the same presentation at both. There are some different formats used at both as well. So, considering you are a newbie, I don’t think you will be overwhelmed with duplicative info my attending both. If you have the time and money to attend both – I say go for it. If you want to cut back next year, then attend the one that worked out better for you.

    • @Jenny I do not believe that people were allowed to change sessions last year after they registered, but you would have to email the organizers at – or perhaps they will weigh in here. My advice is register for what you really think you want to attend. The links to the overflow hotel can be found in post #3 of the Flyertalk thread I linked to in the main post. There are different links depending on how many breakfast coupons you need. Hope that helps!

  4. Thank you very much Mommy Points! I have registered and am attending your session. So excited to meet you there!!! 😀

  5. Thank you for the notice! I signed up and will be in full attendance! I can’t wait to meet everyone as this will be my first conference.

  6. My question is like the one posted by Mrock. Which one should I attend? I have “studied” (blogs, articles and even the Nicholas Kralev book). But I don’t have many opportunities to earn miles (I live in Venezuela) and have redeemed them only once. But, I’ll move to Canada (Montreal) within two weeks. Do you think I could take advantage of the seminars or the FTU living in Canada? (where opportunities are not as generous as the ones in the US). And the main question remains: which one?

  7. @Jenny, awesome! Look forward to seeing you there. Glad someone will be in that session. Ha ha. 😉

    @Jay, look forward to seeing you there!

    @Jorge, I wish I could give you a clear answer on that. It’s hard for me to for several reasons, including – I don’t yet know the full agenda for the FTU, I’ve never personally been to a FTU, and so much of it is likely personal preference anyway.

    Maybe someone else who has been to both can weigh in for you. Good luck with the big move!

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